The Yachts

GBP Yeah Baby

Yeah Baby last sailed to Hobart in 2015, placing 36th overall and fifth in Division 2, with a predominantly Russian crew. Back in the Ryckmans’ hands, she finished 24th overall in the 2017 Sydney Gold Coast race. Twin brothers Louis and Marc Ryckmans bought the former Audi Sunshine Coast and renamed it PMA Yeah Baby – this time there is a GBP at the front. Previous owner, Rod Jones, won IRC Division 1 in the 2013 Sydney Gold Coast race and retired shortly after  the start of the 2013 Sydney Hobart with rig damage. The Ryckmans consequently raced her to 34th overall and fourth in Division 1 in the 2014 Hobart. Aboard this time is past Laser Olympic campaigner, James Burman and Emma May, who switches bows for her fourth Rolex Sydney Hobart.

 

Competitor Details

Name GBP Yeah Baby
Sail Number A5
Owner Marc & Louis Ryckmans
Skipper Lindsay Stead
Navigator Marc Ryckmans
Crew T Fortier, M Muth (2), J Turner, E May (1), M Dorling, L Ryckmanns, J Burman, C Vroon, C Geeves (9), D Ward (17), E Hull
State NSW
Club CYCA
Type Welbourn 50
Designer Hugh Welbourn
Builder Boatspeed
Construction Composite
LOA 15.2
Beam 4.6
Draft 3.0